Welcome to the Hupacasath First Nations Website

For thousands of years the Hupacasath people have owned, used, and occupied their traditional territory on Central Vancouver Island. The Hupacasath are comprised of three distinct tribes, the Muh-uulth-aht, Kleh-koot-aht and Cuu-ma-as-aht (Ahahswinis). The HFN territory is approximately 229,000 hectares, which engulfs the Alberni Valley. The boundaries for this territory are basically the mountain peaks from the Alberni Valley, which start from the north at Mt. Chief Frank, from the south at 5040 Peak and Hannah Mountain, from the east at Mt. Arrowsmith and Mt Spencer, and from the west from Big Interior Mountain.

"ƛuumaʔa, Welcome to Hupačasath. Your first encounter is Hata, a place where you can bathe anytime. This is the boundary line between Nuu-chah-nulth and Coast Salish nations."

"Your entrance into Nuu-chah-nulth territory is on a tashii, a path, known as the Pacific Rim Hwy, #4. You’ll pass by kał-ka-čuł, jagged face, also known as Mt Arrowsmith"

"When you arrive, you’ll be welcomed with open arms by our Welcome Figures, positioned by Tsuu maas c̕aʔak, Somass River, a resource we’ve relied on for our miiaht, our salmon."

"You’re now in the Alberni Valley, a place Hupačasath has called home since iixmuut, time immemorial. May you enjoy your time in our ha’houlthee, our chiefly territories."

"Remember to treat every living thing with iisaak, respect. May naas, the creator, watch over you while you are present in Hupačasath territories and onward in your tashii, your path in life. ƛ̓ecko ƛ̓ecko, thank you. čuu"

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